Ol Dirty Bastard: 6 Reasons We Sure Miss That Guy
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan is the only rapper to use his welfare card as an album cover; and the only rapper to take America along with him as he used the card to pick up his welfare check.
Ol Dirty Bastard was a breakout star on the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), but as he began his solo career, he contributed less and less to successive albums. In fact, he may have invented more names for himself than verses on Wu-Tang records: Dirt Dog, Dirt McGirt, Freeloading Rusty, Big Baby Jesus, and Knifey McStabb, just to name a few.
But whether he was Big Baby Jesus or Ason Unique, he aaaalways kept it real. He was unrelentingly erratic and seemed to be constantly battling legal troubles. He also was convinced that the government was trying to kill him. But maybe Ol' Dirty was right.
Last month, FBI records were released alleging that the Wu-Tang Clan was a criminal organization and that Dirt Dog was heavily involved in selling drugs and firearms.
Personally, we've never thought that ODB was crazy. Not even for a minute. He always spoke his mind, embraced his lifestyle, and never apologized for it. Every television appearance is a testament to that.
We have a few of those interviews for you; a few are infamous. We'll aaaalways love him, forever.
Ol Dirty interrupts Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech at the 1998 Grammy Awards: Kanye, i'mma let you finish, but ODB had the best interruption of all time. Many people don't know that the night before this famous Grammy incident, ODB saved a four-year-old girl from a car accident after witnessing it from his recording studio. That makes his statement "Wu-Tang is for the children" even more appropriate.
Ol Dirty takes MTV News on a limo ride to pick up his welfare check: This tops all MTV interviews ever conducted. ODB took a camera crew, his kids, and his babies' mother to get their food stamps in a limousine. His defense when asked about welfare reformation? "You owe me 40 acres and a mule anyway!"